Tag / hawker-food
Next on Vietnamese Street food introduction is Chao Vit, or Vietnamese duck porridge. A classic dish that I had for the very first time during this trip to Ho Chi Minh City.
Vietnamese Duck Porridge stall by Chu Manh Trinh road
We actually stumbled upon this little road side stalls by Chu Manh Trinh road in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City while walking from the touristy areas towards our Airbnb room slightly further North East. The stall was well stocked with plenty of duck, and with a crowd seated around it enjoying porridge & slices of duck meat.
We just couldn’t miss the opportunity.
the porridge also comes with coagulated blood
We ordered a portion of duck for two person to go with porridge, as well as a portion of innards. This was done with a combination of Google translate via the phone, and a bit of finger pointing to the other tables. Technology sure helps in making all these authentic food so much more accessible to those who can’t speak the language, we were the only non-natives at the stall.
simple eat by the road side – chao vit
Chao Vit is excellent, the boiled duck meat is served with green onions, cilantro, pepper, fish sauce and more. The condiment that goes with it compliment the meat perfectly, and can be made spicy if that’s your preference. As for the porridge, they’re made from broken rice and even comes with chunks of coagulated blood, one of my favorite ingredients!
It was really one of the best dishes we had in Saigon, if you’re ever at District 1 and don’t mind dining with the locals, this is a place that you need to check out.
safe to say we both loved this dish a lot
The meal cost us just over 100,000 VND if I’m not mistaken, totally worth it.
Chao Vit road side stall
Chu Mạnh Trinh
District 1, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
GPS: 10.782813, 106.703568
Remember the awesome tilapia wantan mee at Rawang I posted on this blog not long ago? Well, that was actually the second plate of wantan mee in two days when we visited Serendah several weeks ago, this was the first – at Yee Kee kopitiam in the sleepy town of Serendah.
Wantan Mee at Yee Kee Kopitiam, Serendah
Yee Kee kopitiam is perhaps the busiest spot in the whole of Serendah in any given mornings. The corner coffee shop is usually packed with people, and offers quite a number of different hawker delights. The biggest of these stalls though, has got to be the one offering wantan mee.
While many wantan mee places in Klang Valley offers char siu (bbq pork), wantan, chicken feet, and even hakka fried pork, few can rival the variety of additional ingredients offered here. There’s fried tofu skin, curry chicken with potato, long bean, pork, cabbage, fish paste, and even chicken drum sticks.
The result is a meal that can often last you through lunch. I really do like it with those extra vegetable options as well, most other places only offers meat based additional ingredients.
If you find yourself looking for breakfast options near Rawang or Serendah, this is definitely a place worth checking out.
Yee Kee Kopitiam
Lorong Kampung Dato Harun
GPS: 3.366566, 101.605637
Over the X’mas and New Year holiday, we went to a friend’s place in Serendah for an overnight excursion and a little bit of R&R, and of course, one of the agendas is to try some of the more unique foods in the area.
If Klang is famous for bak kut teh and Penang for char kuih teow & laksa, then tilapia must be Rawang’s speciality.
R Cheng Tilapia Wantan Mee at Rawang
So the next morning, we went to R Cheng Tilapia Wantan Mee to try this rather unique dish only available here.
The restaurant is located in a residential area just a few minutes away from Rawang town center. Seating area is semi-alfresco, with a roof, no walls, and plenty of ceiling fans to keep you somewhat comfortable. While there are quite a few dishes to choose from the menu, the star here is the tilapia.
we ordered all six types of tilapia wantan mee
There are six choices to choose from, and you can have them with rice, or in their unique wantan mee style. We chose the latter and tried all six flavors.
Each dish is priced at RM 13.50 comes with a portion of wantan mee and a small tilapia that’s either steamed of deep fried. The flavors are:
- 金针 golden mushroom – classic with steamed tilapia, enoki, garlic, & ginger
- 酱蒸 bean sauce – brown bean sauce with deep fried tilapia
- 干煎 deep fried – self explanatory, with some chili too
- 油滑 classic oiled – steamed with soya sauce & oil, plenty of fried garlic
- 咖喱 curry
- 东炎 tomyam
the chicken wings pretty good too
The wantan mee was rather good, the fish tasted fresh and flavorful regardless of the preparation method, and the different sauces were all spot on, including the tomyam flavor (usually lacking in Chinese shops). Go for the deep fried version if you struggle with fish bones, otherwise the steamed version gives you slightly more flavors.
Additionally, we also had some chicken wings (RM 3.50 each) to “supplement” the meal. They were pretty good too, crunchy on the outside, juicy inside, with good belacan taste infused.
If you are looking for something special, this is definitely worth checking out.
Restoran R Cheng Fei Zhou Yu Wantan Mee
No. E-13, Jalan LKS 5,
Kampung Lee Kim Sai,
GPS: 3.309852, 101.577027
Tel: 012-304 5671, 016-983 4888
Not too many days ago I found myself at Seapark looking to go for some chicken rice at Hoe Fong, and sure enough it wasn’t open, so we headed for 2nd option – Tong Fong kopitiam at around the corner just behind KFC.
“James Bond” char kuih teow at Restaurant Tong Fong, Seapark
The kopitiam serves pretty good curry mee and beef noodle, but the bright yellow banner that says “James Bond Fried Kuey Teow” caught my attention. Another peek revealed that this self-proclaimed James Bond is at about Sean Connery’s age, so I ordered a plate for myself using my trusted Penang Hokkien, which he understood – litmus test passed!
decent prawn, big cockles, good “wok hei”, not a bad plate of char kuih teow
The ensuing plate of char kuih teow turned out to be more than decent. Good size prawn, juicy cockles, and kuih teow fried with some decent fire, it was pretty good. I only wished there’s a duck egg option and that maybe I should have ordered it a bit more spicy. But it did satisfy my cravings and more than made my stomach happy.
Tong Fong restaurant
46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS: 3.110142, 101.621673
Hours: breakfast and lunch
Since we’re in the midst of getting the new house ready for moving in, and that the new place is rather close to Klang, it is not surprising that you may have been seeing a lot of food updates on my instagram/FB pages that features the area.
So far, the general “summary” is that the closer you get from KL to Klang, the quality of new-age & foreign food sorta goes down, but on the flip side, traditional hawker fairs and old school Chinese food is much, much better.
Kedai Kopi Tec Le at Taman Berkeley, Klang
One of such example is the wantan mee at Kedai Kopi Tec Le, an unassuming kopitiam at Taman Berkeley, one of the popular food destinations this side of Klang that is pretty much akin to SS2 area in PJ.
wantan mee with the secret ingredient – lard
The wantan mee stall here is operated by the same guy who runs the yummy made-on-the-spot tongyuen ginger soup at night at the same location. This stall operates in the morning till around lunch time.
The ingredients aren’t too different from your traditional wantan mee but with two minor differences – lard, and pickled chili padi instead of green chili.
the wantan is pretty delicious too
Lard really is the magic ingredients in many hawker foods around here, and it really does bring it up a notch. That being said, the noodle, charsiu, and wantan here are of very high quality as well. Overall it just worked well, definitely one of the better wantan mee I tried, and for less than RM 5, I’ll have it again anytime.
So many more things around this area and the whole of Klang to explore, I can’t wait.
Kedai Kopi Tec Le
Taman Berkeley, Klang
Opening hours: breakfasts, closed on Monday and Thursday